McDowells Australian Brumby Challenge Trainers


April Harvey

Brumby: VBA Playboy
Location: Baddaginnie, Victoria
Section: Ridden
Division: Professional

April Harvey began riding before she could walk, starting her first pony at the age of 10 and following a lineage of generations of family deeply involved in the equestrian world. She draws from decades of experience and a devotion to continually advance her horsemanship. April has trained and competed with her own horses, winning numerous State and National titles and represented Australia in Italy and the USA – riding at the W-H ranch in Kansas and was recipient of the AQHA Bill Verdugo International Internship to train in Texas. Her unique approach to starting horses is borne of 3 decades of experience in the equine world, taking cues from pioneering horsemen including Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt and inspiration from the mindfulness practices of meditation and yogic philosophies. April is now based in the family equine facility near Benalla, North East Victoria, applying her vast talent to working with riders and starting horses with a robust understanding of equine psychology and horse/ human behaviours. Aprils passion for developing a solid foundation of a soft, confident, willing and versatile horse that has all the necessary tools for the future regardless if discipline.

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